Living History Makers: Chineka Jones, teacher & middle school grade level lead
Every day, educators are making history through their selfless service to our communities. CT3 and ASCD are recognizing some of these educators through Living History profiles to share their great work and powerful impact. This February, Black History Month, we highlight Black educators who are making history.
We spoke with Chineka Jones, Middle School English Teacher & Middle School Grade Level Lead, Seattle Public Schools, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy.
What is your “Why” for working in education?
I believe all scholars are capable of achieving success and I had a great example for a teacher in life and the profession. My mom was a Kindergarten teacher.
What do you hope for the future of education? How do you work to contribute to that future?
My hope for the future of education is that more diverse and anti-racist curriculums are created so scholars can learn from all perspectives. I work daily to contribute to the future of education by creating rich learning experiences for my scholars.
What is a personal, non-work passion of yours?
Knitting and community service.
What or who should we be reading, watching, or listening to right now?
I recommend everyone read Calling Home by Julie Kibler; see the movie Something The Lord Made, and listen to the podcast Nice White Parents.
In her own words, she shares, “I always say organization and routine are the keys to effective teaching. I urge everyone to be authentically you and be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.”
Thank you for sharing your story, and the work you do with scholars, Chineka!
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